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7.1.10

Flower Pot Bread


How can you tell that I have too much time on my hands!  I want to empty my pantry before I leave in a few weeks and I am looking at this bag of whole wheat flour.  Bread?  I had heard about flower pot bread years ago but had never tried doing it.  I was at Michael's craft store and picked up a clay pot.

First step is to prepare your pot.  Wash in hot soapy water to clean and remove any clay dust that may be on it.  Let the pot dry over night.  Then oil it!  The pot will likely absorb about 1/2 cup of oil.  I used canola oil.  But just remember, whatever oil you use, the flavour lingers in the pot for quite awhile.  Just keep rubbing it on, including the rim, until it stops soaking it up.  Then oil it and put in a 400F oven for 10 minutes.  Let it cool and rub with oil one last time.  Your pot is ready!  It can be used over and over.

I think this would be a fun presentation for a gift.  Just wrap in cellophane paper and tie with a piece of raffia.




Your regular bread recipe will be excellent when cooked in the pot.  One tip is to remove the bread from the pot about 10 minutes before it is fully cooked and lay it on a pan to finish the baking.  All bread is better if removed from the loaf pans and inverted on a sheet pan for the last ten minutes of baking.  This clay pot method makes such a beautiful toothsome crust.
















Fast Whole Wheat Bread
from The Joy of Cooking

Stir together in a large bowl or the bowl of a heavy duty stand mixer:
1 cup bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) quick-rising active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Add:
1 cup very warm water (115-125F)
2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine

Mix by hand or on low speed for one minute.  Gradually add 1/4 cup at a time until the dough is moist but not sticky:
3/4 to 1 cup whole wheat flour

Knead for about 10 minutes by hand or with the dough hook on low to medium speed until the dough is smooth and elastic.  Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and turn it over once to coat with oil.  Cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place (75-80F) until doubled in volume, 30 to 45 minutes.

Punch the dough down, form it into a loaf that will fit the flower pot and place seam side down in the greased pot.  Cover loosely with oiled pastic wrap.  Let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, 30 to 45 minutes.

Meanwhile preheat the oven to 450F.  Bake the loaf for 10 minutes.  Reduce the heat to 350F and bake until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped, about 30 minutes more.  Remove the loaf from the pan to a rack and let cool completely.

9 comments:

  1. I like anything cute:) They would be adorable in smaller ones too for a little luncheon? Playing in the kitchen..is our turn as adults to play in the sandbox feeling:)

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  2. Oh my - I am so jealous ...bread!!! What a great idea to cook it in a flowerpot. I'll be bookmarking this one to make as gifts next Christmas.

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  3. What a great idea! If you really wanted to go all "Martha" would it be possible to make individual rolls in some itty-bitty flower pots?

    (Yeah, I've got too much time on my hands too...LOL)

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  4. I haven't tried it, but 'why not'. I'm sure it would work. I am thinking, like La Table de Nana, that I would make small pots for luncheons or catering. You can use the pots over and over again. I do grease them each time just to be sure. I was thinking that I could serve some compound butters in the bottom to a pot.

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  5. I have some pots that came with a muffin mix, that are little individual terra cotta, but they are enameled inside. I love them. They are perfect for flower pot bread.

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  6. c'est super beau magnifique
    bonne journée et à bientôt

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  7. This is genious! I love whole wheat bread, I've just made some with whole wheat and corn flour. Thanks for the recipe.
    Cheers,

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  8. I've used those small terra cotta pots to make garagantuan muffins. The kids think they're the best things ever. lol

    It never occurred to me to use them for bread as well. Thanks for showing us how!

    Enjoy your weekend. :)

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